Spider-Woman (Issue 1)

Marvel

Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Alex Maleev; Cover by Alex Maleev and Alex Ross

Sep 28, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

The debut issue of Spider-Woman is an OK, albeit belated first step. Marvel delayed Jessica Drew's rebooted run to give time for the motion comic adaption to be finished. Originally this comic was meant to be a direct follow-up to the maxiseries Secret Invasion. Instead, we get hazy references to the Skrull Queen inhabiting Drew's body/mind, thus severing her ties with New Avengers. Her "woe is me" drama doesn't come off quite as compelling as five-time Eiser recipient Brian Michael Bendis (House of M, New Avengers) probably intended. More

Tom Strong Deluxe Edition Volume 1

DC/Wildstorm

Written by Alan Moore; Art by Chris Sprouse

Sep 25, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Alan Moore has earned his place in the pantheon of all-time greatest comics creators. Tom Strong Deluxe Edition Volume 1 collects the first dozen issues of that series, penciled mostly by the more-than-capable Chris Sprouse. More

Superman: Secret Origin (Issue 1)

DC

Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Gary Frank and Jon Sibal; Covers by Gary Frank

Sep 23, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

I'm not sure if we really needed yet another "definitive" account of Superman's origin. It seems like ol' Golden Boy's narrative is pretty much canonical by now. Sure, writer/fanboy darling Geoff Johns (Infinite Crisis) and capable Action Comics illustrator Gary Frank (Superman: New Krypton) make a good point: from Superman: Birthright, to Man of Steel and New Krypton, Clark Kent's origin has received a multitude of retcons. Despite this, the core narrative elements are there and wholly understood. More

Charlatan Ball

Image

Story by Joe Casey, Art by Andy Suriano

Sep 18, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Charlatan Ball, by Joe Casey and Andy Suriano, might be described as a wonderful mess. It follows the adventures of subpar stage magician Chuck Amok and his rabbit Caesar, who get whisked into an alternate dimension and dropped into a mystic tournament to the death. While the journey turns Caesar into the buffest anthropomorphic rabbit this side of Captain Carrot, Chuck stays precisely the same: powerless, weasel-like, cowardly, and way, way over his head. He wants no part of the action, but gets thrown into it all the same thanks to the machinations of an evil sorcerer, Demon Empty. More

Batman: The Widening Gyre (Issue 1)

DC

Written by Kevin Smith; Art by Walter Flanagan and Art Thibert; Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

Sep 17, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Kevin Smith (yes, that Kevin Smith) is at it again, writing comic books. We've seen his well-received takes on Daredevil and Green Arrow and the somewhat mixed reactions to the recently collected Batman: Cacophony, with Walter Flanagan on the art chores. Smith and Flanagan have reunited for Batman: The Widening Gyre, a six-issue limited series that just kicked off. More

New Avengers: The Reunion

Marvel

Written by Jim McCann, Penciled by David Lopez

Sep 10, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

For fans of the West Coast Avengers series from the early 1980s, New Avengers: The Reunion scratches a certain long-neglected itch. And it also exposes, in a sense, the limitations of the 30-year+ serial story. Former couple Bobbi Morse (aka Mockingbird) and Clint Barton (known for most of his career as Hawkeye, but now going by the decidedly less campy and rather ho-hum identity of Ronin) hash out what remains of their relationship while playing at high-stakes superheroics. More

Batgirl (Issue 1)

DC

Written by Bryan Q. Miller, Penciled by Lee Garbett, Inked by Trevor Scott, Cover by Phil Noto

Sep 09, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Much of the anticipation in the buildup to Batgirl #1 centered on speculation about the identity of the new Batgirl. The first issue wastes no time in the reveal; Batgirl removes her mask on page 8 after a bust-up with some illegal street racers to show that she is Stephanie Brown. More

Tasty Bullet

Image/Shadowline

Story by Jonathan Vankin and Arnold Pander, art by Arnold Pander

Sep 04, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

The title of Tasty Bullet refers to a product, an addictive energy drink in a bullet-shaped can, for which the protagonist is a pitch girl/stuntwoman. It would probably make a great movie. Hot girls, short skirts, dangerous love, corrupt corporations, and action aplenty. But I'm not sure it makes for a great comic. More

Sweet Tooth (Issues 1 and 2)

DC/Vertigo

Written and drawn by Jeff Lemire

Sep 03, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth, a new ongoing series from Vertigo, focuses on Gus. He's a sweet-natured young boy who's grown up in isolation, living off the land in a small cabin, with only his father for company. Gus happens to be a human-animal hybrid. He's part deer. More